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  1. That 3.6s exposure time seems awfully high, especially with a layer height of only 0.01. I run 2.9s at 0.05 layer height, and generally, the smaller the layer height, the shorter the exposure time required. Normally, though, over-exposure gives you bloated parts and soft details, rather than the issues you've described. My only suggestion would be to try lowering the exposure time and see if that improves things. Kev
  2. I'm pleased to announce that our latest title, Building the Hasegawa/Alley Cat Ki-100 in 1/32 Scale, is now available! In this 54-page eBook, renowned modeller Harvey Low combines the Hasegawa 1/32 Ki-61 kit with the Alley Cat conversion set to produce a stunning model of the Kawasaki Ki-100. Harvey guides you through the construction and painting of the model, not only outlining his weathering and finishing techniques, but also detailing his custom paint mix for the upper surface green colour (ANA #7). As a bonus, we’ve also included the cut files for the paint masks that Harvey created for painting the fuselage codes on the model. These are provided in DXF, Studio3 (for the Silhouette platform), PDF, and SVG formats. The book is available for immediate purchase and download from our website for a mere 10 Australian dollars. https://www.klp.com.au/product/building-the-hasegawa-alley-cat-ki-100-in-1-32-scale/ Kev
  3. Just waiting to get past my mum's funeral tomorrow, and then I can work on finalising the release, as I have the artwork in hand now. Kev
  4. Howdy folks, I've just published this week's What's New update. Enjoy! Kev
  5. Some good progress today, with most of the cockpit parts painted up and ready for installation: Just the seatbelts and instrument panel to go. If I can get all this inside the fuselage and close it up successfully, the rest should be pretty straightforward. Test-fitting shows it can be done, but probably not with the seat in place, as I need to be able to manipulate the framework into position inside the fuselage halves: Happily, it seems like I should be able to install the seat after joining the fuselage halves, so I think this is going to work. I should probably test fit that rear canopy section before getting too excited, however... Kev
  6. Very nicely done, Tolga. And now the subject of this week's banner image on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/largescaleplanes Kev
  7. The things is, I've built resin kits before, and never encountered this kind of issue until now. The closest were the two trucks I built a few months back. But this kit has many more parts than those kits, and is much more difficult to figure out. The irony is that apart from some minor warping, there's nothing fundamentally wrong with the kit itself. I guess I should start building the rest while I still have enough wits and eyesight left to handle them! Kev
  8. Which is a troubling thought with around 20 more of them in the stash! Kev
  9. The thing that makes this kit much more difficult to build than it needs to be is the instructions. They're infuriatingly useless in many important areas, and I've had to de-bond parts several times now because the drawings misled me. They also skip over bits, or combine parts without showing you the steps, and you're left scratching around for a part that doesn't exist, because it's made of two. And still doesn't look like the actual parts. I've never experienced this with any kit before, resin or otherwise - even the vac kits I'm currently building! It's satisfying when you finally figure it out, but it really shouldn't be this hard. Kev
  10. Cockpit has to go in yet! Along with all the other fuselage internals. Scary proposition, but I'm working on painting them all up now. Here's a photo I forgot to post earlier, showing the results of all that remedial work: Ironically, it doesn't really look any different from the "before" shot from this angle! Kev
  11. Well, I'm back with some good news for a change. They say that if you're ever unsure what you should be focussing on on any given day, it should be whatever you find yourself thinking about in the shower. For me, it was the warped fuselage halves in this kit, so even though I should be working on the next book project, I decided instead to focus my attention on fixing the problem. I started by securely taping the fuselage halves together: At this point I was already encouraged, as this showed that the problem wasn't as severe as I first thought, and gave me some hope that the situation was salvageable. I know it looks pretty decent in the photo, but there were some serious issues that still needed to be dealt with. Firstly, the nasty divergence at the front end of the fuselage: Secondly, the step just forward of the cockpit: This was caused by the biggest problem - a much more severe step on the underside: Keep in mind that these issues were new, and caused by me. The fuselage parts originally just had a bit of a splay between the parts, but otherwise lined up fine. Here's a really good example of the damage I caused: It's not completely clear in the photo, but both halves are warped in all 3 dimensions here, and are mismatched in length, height, and the angle they come together. Luckily for me I own a nuclear-powered hairdryer that should never have been approved for use on humans, so I ditched the hot water for the selective application of some targeted heat, combined with some judicious brute force. And the results, while not perfect, are eminently usable: Still a slight mismatch in the shape of the cut out, but I can work with that. I was able to reduce - but not completely eliminate - the step along the underside, but it's mostly confined to the forward section now, and nothing that the usual fill/sand cycle can't take care of. So, the project is now back on track. The fuselage halves still exhibit more alignment issues than they did before, but they're now usable. I just wonder if I can still get the cockpit in! Kev
  12. Thanks, fellas. The bad news is that this build is teetering on the brink of disaster, and may not pull through. Last night I decided I'd try to fix the warp (more of a splay, really) in the fuselage halves using hot water, but ending up making it much worse. Before, I could comfortably force the two halves together, and a good bond would have sorted it out. Now, each half has a different shape to the other, with one being slightly taller, and the other twisting down and away slightly towards the tail. I glued the front bulkhead into position to help stabilise the geometry, which helped a little, but I have no idea where to go from here. Kev
  13. I do remember an official comment to that effect, but I either way, I'm not surprised. Kev
  14. Nah, not planning to fix it. The model is 10 years old now, and still looks presentable enough if you don't look closely. Given the trouble I had removing the cowl decals, I reckon things would get a lot worse before they got better if I attempted to fix them. Kev
  15. I've been revisiting this build for an upcoming book, and was planning to take new, better RFI photos for the cause. But certain aspects of the model haven't weathered the test of time too well. Apart from me breaking off and losing the pitot tube at some point (probably the house move of 2022), some of the larger decals have split and cracked since the model was completed: Yet another reason to mask and paint! Oddly, the large star-and-bar on the underside is completely free of defects, as are the black letters and stencils. I'm guessing this is caused by exposure to UV, but in any case, I won't be fixing them. But I certainly should have sealed and protected them with a gloss coat! Kev
  16. I can only echo Brian's comments here. Thanks for your efforts Tim, in vain though they might have been. The outcome is disappointing, but such is life. Kev
  17. Nice recovery, K2! I've had this issue with MRP paints before, and as far as I can work out, it's caused by the paint itself having a high proportion of lacquer-based carrier. In other words, it's mostly hot thinners, and this can bite into some (but not all) plastics and cause the effect you saw. A coat of primer will help - as long as it's not MRP's! Kev
  18. Amazing stuff, Jay! Kev
  19. Thanks for all the kind words of support, fellas. Even though we knew it was coming, it was still quite a shock when it actually happened. At least I managed to be there with here when it did. Her funeral is next Tuesday, so now we're organising ourselves for that. Kev
  20. I've been finding some solace in the cockpit for this one, even though it's an absolute mongrel to put together. I started with the tubular framework, and before long, I had a useless, twisted mess: My mistake here was not fixing the warped longitudinal parts prior to assembly. I figured they weren't too bad, and all the other components of the framework would pull them into line. The problem was that the twists and warping in those two main frame pieces made precise and accurate assembly nearly impossible - a fact I didn't fully grasp until I got to the point shown in the photo. I quickly debonded some key joins, and then gave the entire assembly repeated dunks in near-boiling water. This helped quite a bit, but would have been much more effective on the individual parts prior to assembly! After a lot of work, I managed to arrive at this: It's not perfect, but some rudimentary test-fitting suggests that I can make it work. Of course, this is just the frame, and there are a lot of other components that need to be added to this assembly before it's fitted to the fuselage, and that makes me nervous! Constant test-fitting is key here, and throughout. Speaking of other cockpit components, here is the seat: This is comprised of the seat itself, plus the frame on each side. And here's the rudder pedals and control stick assembly: I managed to lose one of the little (tiny!) photo-etched triangles that go in the forward corners of the frame, so there's only 3 there now instead of 4. I'm pretty sure no one will ever notice. Believe it or not, that little assembly consists of 10 resin and 5 (should be six) PE parts. And a family photo to finish off: I'm going to have to start painting the interior soon, and will probably just copy what Jeroen did verbatim. But first, I need to remove the slight warping in each fuselage half, which, depending on which end you clamp together, is either in the nose or the tail: Kev
  21. To be honest, I only ever use either Tamiya or Gunze (Mr. Surfacer) primers. Nothing else compares, and knowing the properties of MRP paints, I'm not surprised at this result. It looks fixable, though. Kev
  22. Great work on a beautiful model, Rudy! Sorry to hear about your brother. Kev
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